Dragons and Jokers! Cards & Dice... Oh My!

What's not to love about Pai gow poker?  Based upon the traditional  Chinese Dominoes game of the same name, the game is played with a 52 card deck plus a Joker.  Each player attempts to defeat the banker (dealer).

The object of pai gow poker is for a player to create two poker hands out of the seven-card hand he/she is dealt (a five-card hand and a two-card poker hand) that beats both the dealer's corresponding hands. The only two-card hands are one pair and high cards.  The joker plays as a wild card in the five-card hand, it can be used to complete a straight or flush if possible. In the two-card hand it always plays as an ace.

The betting positions are assigned manually with a roll of the dice.  An extra "dragon hand" is dealt and is up for grabs if a seat is vacant, and the dealer sets it using the house way. 

If each of the player's hands beats each of the banker's corresponding hands, then he wins the bet. If only one of his hands beats the banker then he pushes (ties) in which case neither he nor the banker wins the bet. If both of his hands lose to the banker then he loses.  On each hand, ties go to the banker.

Now all this may sound complicated, but it's the kind of game that you catch on quickly to, and with all the hands out it is exciting to compare with your table mates and try to beat the banker.  Of course our dealers are there to educate and advise, so this strategy game can be fun and challenging!   Adding a Pai Gow Table rental to your next Las Vegas Casino Party Night will add drama and excitement to your event.